Why X stuff

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cubbiesyear
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Why X stuff

Postby cubbiesyear » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:20 pm

Thoughts on addressing what you would bring to Michigan in the "Why Michigan" essay?

My first draft addresses only why I want to go to Michigan and not what I could bring to Michigan, which the prompt sort of asks for....

(but isn't that what the rest of the app or a diversity statement is for?)

oh and if you'd like to trade why x statements or personal statements pm me

dani_burhop
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Re: Why X stuff

Postby dani_burhop » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:17 am

Why X essays just mean they want to know that you've looked them up - you know which journals you want to edit for/try out for, which professors and classes and course tracks most interest you right now, which extracurriculars caught your fancy, etc. Do a little research, and if you're feeling ambitious get a copy of some of their law reviews and/or read some writing by some of Michigan's fancier faculty. Googling Dean Caminker turns up some good stuff; the "entrepreneurial law" project looks current and interesting.

Best, Dani

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Re: Why X stuff

Postby theadvancededit » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:41 pm

cubbiesyear wrote:Thoughts on addressing what you would bring to Michigan in the "Why Michigan" essay?

My first draft addresses only why I want to go to Michigan and not what I could bring to Michigan, which the prompt sort of asks for....

(but isn't that what the rest of the app or a diversity statement is for?)

oh and if you'd like to trade why x statements or personal statements pm me


"Why X" statements are about why you want to go there, not just what you'd bring there. Make sure your statement is well-informed about Michigan and not just a ctrl + f/replace job.

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Re: Why X stuff

Postby dani_burhop » Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:46 pm

This framework sometimes helps: These admissions essays are not contracts. Do not be dishonest, but be expansive, at least at first, while you're drafting. What is absolutely everything you would want to accomplish at Michigan, in the best of all possible worlds? Think big, then get real as you edit.

What you bring to any law school are your enthusiasms, dedication, intelligence and genuine interests. You need to marry those to what Michigan has to offer.

Best, Dani




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